Restaurant Review: Windmill Restaurant

 
If you’ve been following my blog or Instagram you already know that I hardly ever eat at a chain restaurant… especially when I am out of town. A couple weekends ago I went up to Holland, Michigan to check out the tulips and since I arrived at breakfast (my favvv) time it was a must to try out the Windmill Restaurant in the heart of downtown Holland. I ordered two eggs over medium with hash browns and whole wheat toast with no butter. The hash browns were the creamiest hash browns I have ever had (seriously worth the carb overload). The whole wheat bread is homemade, perfectly toasted and definitely delicious. If you’re ever in Holland I highly recommend swinging by the Windmill Restaurant for one of the best breakfasts you’ll ever have.

Workout Braids

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I have noticed that I need to wear a braid in my hair when I workout. Having my hair braided actually makes my workout better. With a braid I am not worried about my ponytail swinging in my face, flyaways are contained and it just makes the overall workout experience more effective. How do you wear your hair when you workout? Here are some of my favorite braid styles that I found on Pinterest that I can’t wait to try out at the gym.









Movie Review: I Feel Pretty

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Today’s PSA – go see I Feel Pretty immediately! This movie is every insecurity any girl has ever lived, and what pushing it aside and having a ridiculous amount of confidence can do. I Feel Pretty is the must-see movie before summer, and will definitely give you a new prospective on things.

Restaurant Review: Jolly Pumpkin



You know my boyfriend and I are foodies, and love Detroit… so where did we eat this week in Detroit – Jolly Pumpkin. Aside from the JollyPumpkin having great brews (or so I’ve heard – I don’t drink), they have some delicious food like the Truffle Fries with Rosemary Aioli. If I’m going to spoil my clean eating lifestyle with fries I prefer for them to be truffle…yum! To go with the fries we got a South Pacific Pizza which featured bacon, candied pineapple (so good), jalapenos, shaved red onion, chipotle tomato sauce, sesame seeds, scallions and mozzarella – definitely delicious. If you’re hanging in Detroit I highly recommend stopping by the Jolly Pumpkin for pizza and fries. Don’t forget to check out Shinola and Third Man Records next door.



Kroger Prep + Pared: Jerk Chicken

 
Life gets busy, and that’s why meal-kit companies such as Hello Fresh are becoming the new way to eat. I have considered them before, but between the price and worry of freshness I never jumped onto the bandwagon. If you have been following me this year you know that Kroger released Prep + Pared Meal Kits and I am totally obsessed. You can check out previous meals here, here, and here. Andrew and I have been extremely busy lately, and last weekend we turned to a Kroger Prep + Pared Meal Kit for dinner. We picked the Jerk Chicken, oh my goodness YUM! This might be my favorite meal yet, and I am pretty sure A agrees. While the kit told us to roast the chicken we were dealing with a warm day, and instead decided to grill the chicken on the barbecue – the result was perfection. The heat of the spicy jerk chicken paired perfectly with the cooling sweet mango salsa. Kroger has their own twist on the popular Caribbean dish of callaloo (a stewed leafy green) when they paired kale, onions and crushed red pepper together. We spiced up the kale a little too much for me to handle – so be careful when added the crushed red pepper! Definitely recommend giving this kit a try!





Travel Diaries: Spring Adventures


Michigan weather is heating up, and this little wanderlust is already getting lost in the woods. I am always looking for cute outfits for my next adventure, and recently had the opportunity to give prAna attire a try – hello comfort and style. I hiked and biked in the outfit both of which offered fantastic functionality. Did you know prAna uses 100 percent organic cotton and implements a lot of fair trade and sustainability values, click here to learn more. Now I am hooking you up with 15% off when you shop online at prAna.com and use code TRFMS18

30 Day Plank Challenge


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With summer right around the corner, I am doing everything I can to transform my body. This week I decided to start a 30-day Plank Challenge. Planks are one of the best exercises that you can do for your core, and depending on the type of plank, they can also engage your back, arms, shoulders, hamstrings and glutes. I was recently told a fit healthy person should be able to hold a plank for 120 seconds (2 minutes), I can currently hold a plank for 45 seconds. The 30-day plank challenge is designed to have you holding a 5-minute plank on day 30. After 30 days I will do a post to recap how the challenge went for me, but if you don’t want to wait or want to follow along check out @petitefitnessista on Instagram for daily challenge updates. Also let me know if you’ll be joining me in this challenge!

Chevrolet Rockin' on the Riverfront 2018 Lineup


Are you ready to Rock on the Riverfront this summer? I know I am, and this year the lineup is one you don't want to miss. This free summer classic rock event is in it's 13th year and ready to rock it with you Friday nights.

So who is in the lineup this year?

July 13 – Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe
July 20 – Uncle Kracker
Aug. 10 – Survivor
Aug. 17 – War

Anyone else super beyond excited about Uncle Kracker, Starship featuring Mickey Thomas and Surviver?

Here is more information on this fun filled event that is sure to heat up your summer.

The 13th annual Chevrolet Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series returns for another rock-filled summer of legendary songs and iconic bands. The free concert series kicks off Friday, July 13 from 7:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. and runs for six consecutive Fridays throughout the summer.
 
The Chevrolet Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert series brings some of rock and roll’s most recognizable stars to Detroit each summer, and gives local Detroit talent the chance to headline each show as an opening act for each concert.
 
The 2018 Chevrolet Rockin’ on the Riverfront schedule:
 
July 13 – Vince Neil of Mötley Crüe has entertained rock fans independently and as the lead vocalist for rock band Mötley Crüe with hits likes “Dr. Feelgood,” “Girls, Girls, Girls” and “Home Sweet Home” for the last 30 years.
July 20 – Mount Clemens native and country-rock crooner Uncle Kracker has reached double-platinum success with his album, “Double Wide” and Billboard Hot 100 success with hits “Follow Me,” “Drift Away” and “In a Little While.”
July 27 – Legendary rock group John Kay and Steppenwolf have released five albums since 1980 and boast sales in excess of 20 million units worldwide. Their best hits include “Feed the Fire” “Rock & Roll Rebels,” and “Hold On.”
Aug. 3 – Starship featuring Mickey Thomas dominated 80s and 90s airwaves with hits like “Jane,” “We Built This City,” “No Way Out” and “Nothing Gonna Stop Us Now.” Mickey Thomas joined as Starship lead vocalist in 1979.
Aug. 10 – Survivor released their first album in 1980 and is best known for their 1982 hit “Eye of the Tiger.” New lead vocalist Cameron Barton is now breathing new life into 80s hits “I Can’t Hold Back,” “High On You” and “The Search is Over.”
Aug. 17 – War fuses elements of rock, funk, jazz, rhythm and blues to create sound of their own. They debuted to international success with the overall bestselling album of 1973, “The World is a Ghetto,” and have had continued success with hits “Spill the Wine,” “The Cisco Kid” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends?”
 
Detroit rockers are invited to help select the opening bands for each Rockin’ on the Riverfront concert through the WCSX Rockin’ Wars contest by voting for local bands as they compete for the opportunity to open as event headliners. Community members can watch videos of the contestants on www.wcsx.com and vote for their favorite artists until June 15. The top six contenders will be selected by a team of WCSX judges to open on the riverfront stage. The Rockin’ Wars finale party is open to the public on June 21 from 7-10 p.m. at Granite City Food and Brewery in the GMRENCEN.

Local Southeastern Michigan children between the ages of six and 16 will have the opportunity to compete in WCSX’s My Kid Rocks!, a competition to rock out on the Chevrolet Rockin’ on the Riverfront stage. To enter, parents will need to upload a video of their child, or child’s band, performing a classic rock song to www.wcsx.com between June 11 and June 22. Judges will then choose up to 20 bands that WCSX listeners will vote for between June 22 and June 29. The top 10 bands will make it to round two and listeners will vote for their favorite bands between June 29 and July 6. The band with the most votes will perform during the 2018 Chevrolet Rockin’ on the Riverfront Concert Series.
 
WCSX and the GMRENCEN are proud to celebrate those who served their county with exclusive seating in Veteran’s Row. For a chance to be selected, veterans can log onto www.wcsx.com and fill out an online form sharing where he or she served or is currently serving.
 
Admission to the concerts is always free and no advance tickets are necessary. Viewing space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis and visitors are encouraged to arrive after 5 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lawn chairs and blankets, but outside food, beverages and coolers are not permitted. Boaters on the Detroit River are invited to anchor near the riverfront and enjoy the view of the stage from the water.
 
Parking is available for $10 per vehicle at the GM surface lot at the intersection of St. Antoine and Atwater, adjacent to the GMRENCEN. Credit cards only.
 
For more information about Rockin’ on the Riverfront, please visit: http://gmrencen.com/rockinontheriverfront/.
 

May Mitten Crate



Mitten Crate delivery day is my favorite day of the month. I absolutely love discovering new (to me) products, especially when they’re made right here in the mitten state. May’s mitten crate was filled with brands that I have never heard of before, so that was super exciting!

Mitten Crate makes an amazing gift for anyone, and comes with a variety of subscription options. I love sending the Mitten Crate to friends and family who are no longer living in Michigan. A monthly subscription is $35 and will renew monthly, however you cancel at anytime. A 3-month subscription is $99 and will renew every 3 months, or you can choose a one time or gift option for $35 plus shipping.



Zoya Sunshine Summer 2018 Collection


Alright girly girls, Zoya has released their summer 2018 collection Sunshine, which features 12 new summer shades. Most of the shades in the collection are crèmes, but there are a two shimmers and two glittery unicorn toppers. They swatched up nicely with just two coats.


Jack, Minnie, Missy, Sandy, Delia and Clemintine

Ellie, Virginia, Karen and Marigold

Nahla and Salanda
Saldana is an iridescent light blue unicorn glitter topper.
Nahla is an iridescent gold unicorn glitter topper.

Clementine is a peachy pink with gold and pink shimmer.
Delia is a lavender crème.

Ellie is a raspberry crème.

Karen is a cherry red créme.



Marigold is a bright red with red and gold shimmer flakes.


Minnie is a coral créme.


Missy is a bubblegum pink créme.

Sandy is a flamingo créme.


Virginia is a tomato red créme.


Anyone else a huge fan of a multi mani?
Currently I am loving Jack, Minnie and Nahla combined together.
I am loving using Saldana and Nahla as glitter toppers for an accent nail. One thing that really surprised me was I almost always dislike purple polishes and I absolutely love Delia.
You can find the Zoya Sunshine Summer 2018 Collection on their website or in stores. Polish is $10.00 each.

What color is your favorite from the collection?

Apple Cinnamon Dog Treats

80% of the treats Jack eats are homemade by me;  you can find some past favorites (here, here, here and here). With all the pet treat recalls lately I have decided that every Thursday from now until Christmas (except Thanksgiving) I will be sharing homemade dog treat recipes that your pup big or small will absolutely love. Starting with these apple cinnamon cookies.

Apple Cinnamon Canine Cookies
Ingredients
2 1/2 cups flour*
1/2 cup cornmeal
2 medium sized peeled apples pureed*
1 egg
1/3 cup oil (vegetable or canola)
1-2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla (I use a lot you can use less such as 1 teaspoon)
1/2 cup cold water * (as needed)

*flour: I used 1 cup all-purpose flour and 1.5 cups crushed oatmeal (made it flour consistency in my blender). You can also use whole wheat flour (I do not because it gives Jack terrible gas).

* apples: I removed the skin from the apples, cut into pieces and pureed them in my blender. You can also cook them on the stove until they become mush.

* Water: My apples produced enjoy juice I only used a tablespoon of water the first time I did this recipe with honey crisp apples. The second time the apples hardly produced any juice and I used a half a cup of water so just use how much you need for a dough consistency.



Directions
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
2. Line cookie sheets with parchment paper.
3. Blend flour and cornmeal together in a large mixing bowl.
4. Mix in pureed apple, egg, oil, cinnamon and vanilla.
5. Add water as needed.
6. Flour your workspace and roll dough to desired thickness.
7. Cut treats with cookie cutters. (I used a large apple)
8. Place dog cookies on baking sheet.
9. My cookies were larger and Jack likes softer treats so I baked mine for about 20-25 minutes, depending on thickness. Just cook your until your desired crispness.
10. Once cooled add to Ziplock bags or an airtight container.

Note: I only leave out a few cookies and freeze the rest. They'll last for up to six months when frozen and under a week when left out.

** The above recipe is for treats only, and should not replace your dog's regular meal plans. Any questions about your pets diet should be directed to your vet.

9 Consulting Tips that'll Rock your World

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Consulting is defined as the business of giving expert advice to people working in a professional or technical field. If you are thinking about your starting a consulting business, or hiring a consultant read further as we dive into why. So why would a company hire a consultant? One of the main reasons is so they can get an outside eye on their company. You know how you go to your friends or family for advice sometimes? Companies need to do the same thing, especially when they’re facing tough decisions. Brands turn to consultants to figure out the problems they cannot figure out on their own, or want a second opinion with. Consultants tend to work with many different companies, and more than likely have already gone through the problem your company is facing, therefore they know what worked for someone else and can tweak it to work for you. Some companies have skeleton crews, so when it comes to really important decisions the reality of it is they might not have the manpower to focus on the topic at hand and still have their employees operate their everyday jobs. Consultants are a great way to add temporary help to figure out and solve a problem, they have specialized skills that the companies regular employees may not have. They’re an outside sources that dig into the root of what is going on and problem solve. Have you really ever thought about starting a consulting business? Here are 9 consulting tips that’ll rock your world and get you started:
1. Put in the hours. Through trial and error you’ll learn where you excel, as well as where your issue areas are. Document things; make inspiration boards, read what others are doing. Impressive results will make others flock to you.
2. Showcase yourself as being an expert. Even if you are not an expert, fake it until you make it. You won’t get clients if you just sit back and wait for it to happen. You have to chase it.
3. Prove it to yourself and everyone else that you can do this when you get your first client. No one is going to want to work with you if they don’t know what you’re offering – as a matter of fact no one can hire you if they have no clue what you do. So figure out what your services will be, and let your friends and family know, your social circle etc. Someone will bite and you’ll land your first clients.
4. Getting clients. This is the tricky part, but look to friends, family and your social circle. Once you get one person they can give rave review about you that’ll be passed on, and eventually you’ll have a whole pile of clients waiting to work with you and get your expert help.
5. Brand yourself. Have a professional logo designed so people know who you are.
6. Get a website and social channels. Be social, get your name out there.
7. Show stats and how you have helped others, make charts and have hard facts to back up what you’re saying.
8. Be open to change. You may need to be diverse in what you offer, so be willing to make that change.
9. Use social media. Promote yourself, run ads, run campaigns, plaster your name all over the internet.

Personal Injury


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You never know when an accident is going to happen, I mean they are accidents so it’s not like they’re something you can plan for. Personal injuries can range from auto accidents to dog bites and Hunter Law,P.A. is there for you. So let’s take a moment to talk about some personal injury accidents and what you should be doing.
Car Accidents
What to do at the site of the collision
1. Always call for help, and report the accident.
2. Allow emergency responders to inspect you, before attempting to leave your vehicle.
3. Collect as much information as you can from the crash site.
4. Get the insurance information from the other driver.
5. Get the other drivers license plate number.
6. Take photos from all angles.
7. Contact your insurer.
8. Schedule a medical examination, but all injuries are apparent during the time of the accident (head, neck and spinal injuries usually do not show up right away).

Boating accidents
My boyfriend has a boat, and since I can’t swim he’s worried about having me on the boat and something happening. Me I personally don’t live in the “what if” moment, I live in the actual moment – therefore I’m the one that doesn’t think of what can happen on the water. If it floats there is the potential for something to go wrong from jet skis and yachts to fishing boats and kayaks. Boat operators can be negligent, not to mention drink too much in the hot sun and put their passengers and others in danger. That’s why it’s always important to know of a good personal injury lawyer for those “what if” moments.

Uber accidents
Let’s face it at one time or another we have all used the Uber app, it’s the easiest way to get around – but what happens when your safe ride becomes a not so safe ride? Uber drivers are not immune to the dangerous of the road and have been involved in vehicle and roadside collisions that have injured their passengers or other drivers.  What to know, the Uber may attempt to contact you after the accident, or the driver involved may have you talk to an Uber rep immediately. Provide them with contact information only, do not answer any questions they have about the accident until you have medial attention and spoken to your attorney. Hunter Law, P.A.is a great place to start if you have an Uber accident claim to make.

Dog Bites
Is this a fear of anyone else’s? I especially have a fear of being bit when I am walking Jackers. Here is what to ask.
1. Who owns the dog?
2. Does the owner have a history of ignoring the dogs and following it to escape and roam free?
3. Was the dog under supervision?
4. Was the dog known by any neighbors to be aggressive?
5. Has the Dog attacked in the past?
6. Is the dog up on it’s shots?

Accidents happen everyday, will you be prepared in the event of an accident?

Five Things

{magical kind of night}
Happy Friday, loves! While my weekend was filled with plenty of fun, I never thought this week would end. So glad the weekend is here, and I can't wait for some outdoor adventures. What are your weekend plans?
 {back to life behind bars}
 {shopping adventures}
 {Vinsetta Garage}
{Get on your feet! Loved this show}